Let’s be honest–

Going back to school shopping is terrible.

It sounds exciting, sure. You might get a few outfits, a new backpack, maybe even a new awesome Lisa Frank trapper keeper (No? Not cool?). But then you get to the store. There are only two scenarios:

  • You’ve started your back to school shopping early. Congratulations! Now, you’re struggling through the crowd that’s nothing short of a Black Friday mob.

  • You wait to do your shopping, either to avoid crowds or because you’re a procrastinator. Either way, you’re stuck with the bottom of the barrel, meaning you probably really will be sporting a Lisa Frank trapper keeper. It’s all that’s left over.

It’s a much nicer thought than reality.

And that’s when online students breathe a sigh of relief. Because all that’s needed for online school is a laptop and an internet connection.

There’s no need for textbooks, those are built into the online curriculum. Heavy binders, note-taking tools, tissues, backpacks or whatever other random item on your school supply list won’t be on ours.

You certainly can have notebooks if you’d like. But that’s the beauty of it: It’s up to what you decide.

While you can study wherever you want, a designated workspace is always a good idea. It helps your brain know it’s time to focus. But it doesn’t have to be a boring place. In fact, adding a few personal touches will make the space more enjoyable as you study.

According to our online students, these are the items you actually need for online school.

You know, aside from the only actual required item–a computer with internet.

What you actually need for ‘back to school,’ as voted by our students

  • A computer with internet, that one is obvious.

  • Comfortable seating. Whether it’s an office chair or a bean bag, make sure you can comfortably sit for hours.

  • A desk (or a bed!). Something that has room for you to sit down with a notebook and some other items.

  • A snack to avoid ‘hanger.’ For ideas on easy study snacks, head here.

  • Music to make studying enjoyable. Besides, it could improve your focus.

  • Lighting in whatever form makes you happy. Lamp, lava lamp, Himalayan salt lamp, your choice.

  • A personal planner to stay organized.

  • Artwork hanging on the walls. This could be your own drawings or a favorite movie poster.

  • A friendly feature, like a plant or your cat, to brighten the atmosphere.

  • A personal item. For our students, that meant something different. Some liked to have their camera nearby, others liked to have their favorite sports drink.

Check out how some of our students described their personal workspaces:

Winner from our Primavera

“My space is unique because I always have my pup with me, I have my laptop, a notebook and my bed, I don’t have a desk. So I sit on my bed and do everything, I’ll sit outside, I have to have music going, and I have pictures on my walls.”

 – Erica M.

“What makes my personal workspace unique is that I get to work at anytime given. I feel comfortable and stress free. If I go out somewhere, I can take my work with me. I especially like it because I get to be home with family and grab a snack whenever I like. It can seriously be the couch, my bed, kitchen table and the patio except it really hot through out the day. I’m also able to listen to music, helps motivate me more!”

– Salma U.

Photo submitted by Jennifer Ann Herrera

Photo submitted by Jennifer H.

“What makes my workspace unique? Everything, I have everything I need next to me, not only that but I usually have my artwork scattered all over the table or hung up on the wall. I also add motivational quotes to help me get through the day, oh and my dog who is always with me.” 

– Jennifer H.

“I have my laptop, binder with paper, an extra notebook, pens, pencils and such all in my laptop bag that I set up on the dining room table every day. I don’t ever work alone while having a daughter but I get good grades, learn to multitask and I get work done nicely and organized. I guess that’s all you can really ask for to get through school.”

 – Kayde P.

Ready for your first day at Primavera?

Once your study space is all put together, be sure to remember to get your Login set up before the first day on Monday, August 2. If you’ve enrolled in Primavera, you’ll receive emails soon with details on getting set up for your first day.

We can’t wait to “see” you all soon!

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